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Re: [steering-discuss] Base - a new mailing list?

Hi :)
Base does support a lot of different back-ends but it needs to have a default one.  The current 
default seems to be quite troublesome so people are often told to use something else such 
PostGreSql or MariaDb / MySql.  

MariaDb is the same as MySql except that it is developing fast and has almost all the MySql 
community including the original developers.  The community were even more unhappy with being under 
Oracle than they were under Sun so they forked off and formed a new organisation so that they could 
push through a large number of bug-fixes and developments that Sun / Oracle had been blocking for 
years.  I did mention this earlier in this thread but i know it's difficult to keep track of issues 
like that when this list is not focused on Base so i guess i have to mention it again.  MySql is in 
roughly the same state as OOo before Apache got involved.  MariaDb is a drop-in replacement with a 
much stronger future.  

Clearly people on this list don't know much about usign Base.  When you open Base the first thing 
it asks is which back-end you would like to use and there is a drop-down that includes the various 
back-ends mentioned and more but has a default of HqSql.  Again i guess it's something that people 
on this list might not be aware of so it's a opint that will probably have to be mentioned several 
times in the course of any discussion about Base in this or any of the other existing lists.  

If the PostGreSql people could be encouraged to send some devs to work on Base then that would be a 
huge help and would greatly help tighter integration with that particular back-end.  It would be 
nice to include other people that are interested in working on various aspects of Base, eg 
doumentation, devs, maybe design etc but not all those people are on this list.  

Perhaps one way would be to cross-post any discussion about Base so that all the lists got any post 
about Base?  That would neatly avoid having to set-up a new list and still reach the various 
different people :)

Regards from
Tom :)

--- On Tue, 13/9/11, Ian Lynch <> wrote:

From: Ian Lynch <>
Subject: Re: [steering-discuss] Base - a new mailing list?
Date: Tuesday, 13 September, 2011, 9:17

On 13 September 2011 07:47, Jonathan Aquilina <>wrote:

On 13/09/2011 08:43, Ian Lynch wrote:

I think part of the problem is the rise of client server databases with
internet. It's a bit of an irony because to start with OOo used the
principle of connecting to a database rather than including the old
that was with StarOffice. Snag now is that even if the use of Base is
minority it's difficult to withdraw it without upsetting them.

Sent from my Android Smartphone.

On 13 Sep 2011 00:16, "Tom Davies"<**uk<>>

Hi :)
Done that.  Been there.  It didn't work.  Base is dying. Can we just admit
that and remove it from LO?
Regards from
Tom :)

Why not find a way to integrate connectivity to all the major databases
such as mysql and MsSQL servers?

This was the method in the early days. I assume it still works. At the
weekend at the Apache Bar Camp I was talking to PostgreSQL developers who
are very interested in better integration with OOo/Libo. We are likely to be
working together on training and certification so there are possibilities to
get some funding to this development but its going to take a little time.
They are applying for FP7 funding through the EU and we can complement that
with Lifelong Learning projects.

--- On Mon, 12/9/11, Thorsten

From: Thorsten Behrens<thb@**<>

Subject: Re: [steering-discuss] Base - a new mailing list?
To: "Tom Davies"<**uk <>>
Cc: steering-discuss@**<>
Date: Monday, 12 September, 2011, 15:34

Tom Davies wrote:

Do you mean how many expressed an interest and tried to give it a
go during t...

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